This book is like a ballerina wielding a sledgehammer. Graceful and eloquent, yet has the ability to smash your head in. Fantastic and horrific, thisThis book is like a ballerina wielding a sledgehammer. Graceful and eloquent, yet has the ability to smash your head in. Fantastic and horrific, this will have to be reread....more
A maniacal chocolate maker meets the very worst in human kind in his factory much akin to a house of horrors. Shock treatment is eked out to each chilA maniacal chocolate maker meets the very worst in human kind in his factory much akin to a house of horrors. Shock treatment is eked out to each child – besides the lovely, caring, soul melting, angelic Charlie Bucket (its bouket!!)- and the world becomes a better place.
I prefer these Oompa’s to the horrors that I have been subjected to on the screen, from the orange (what was with the orange and green hair?) to the multiple copies in Burtons nightmare.
The squirrel room bothered me on a very base level for some reason. ...more
How can you actually tell what this book did to you emotionally? First and foremost you feel that the main character should be despised and hated, youHow can you actually tell what this book did to you emotionally? First and foremost you feel that the main character should be despised and hated, you feel that he is the lowest of the low, the scum of the earth, the most morbid, puerile, evil that was ever ejaculated into society. Then you feel sorry for him in a way that makes a person wonder about their own sanity and morals. Then you again despise him and think that he is weak and horrific in every imagined form. A virulent roller coaster of hate and pity and hate again, with neck breaking twists and turns of loathing and sadness. This is what this book did to me. At one point I remember thinking, "How can she do this to him?" Then I remembered that he is a perverted base animal that should be locked up and she just a misguided flower. Then she wrecks this view of herself by spouting some words or some action and then again you forget that she is so young. This is what the author did so well, he made you hate and like both of them at different times and quite without you knowing he was doing it. Fantastic book in every sense and haunting in its ability to move and disgust at the same time....more
What remains to be said about this book that has already not been spoken of at nausium?
To say that it has all already been mentioned or discWhat remains to be said about this book that has already not been spoken of at nausium?
To say that it has all already been mentioned or discussed is in itself the largest complement that can be given. However I see most reviews are given with the eyes wide shut view of today’s society. To actually read this book you have to forget all of what you know of today’s technology and look upon it like a man from 1898.
We must remember that at this time the Maxim machine gun and the Iron Clad warship was the pinnacle of our technological prowess. When Wells speaks of these marvelous machines he has imagined all of it and much is prophetic.
If you were a person walking the streets of London in 1898 how would you describe a laser?
You of course would describe what you could see with the naked eye. This would be things catching fire and melting, so naturally you would call it a “Heat Ray” It is amazing to think that Wells could foresee a laser that can only be seen in the infrared light spectrum used as a weapon.
His thoughts about the “Black Gas” is also very prophetic, the Martians using a toxin to kill people but leave the land untouched was also put in effect in World War I and many think our governments still dabble in today.
Metal memory is also discussed as in the way the Martians use their tentacle like grappling arms on the War Machines.
Finally I must add his thoughts on the evolution of our species. He says that the Martians, so used to using their technology to do their work have evolved into basically a living brain with a few appendages. Is this our future also?
This book is wonderful in its ability to entertain and also to warn. Will we ourselves turn into the Martians in our quest for land and recourses beyond our planet? Will we enslave and in the end destroy a civilization unlike our own that lives in peace circling a distant star? ...more